The Children’s Book Review | November 1, 2018
Written by Chana Stiefel
Illustrated by Andy Snair
Age Range: 2-5
Hardcover: 40 pages
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends (2017)
What to expect: Dads and humor
Little Lizzie has always loved her dad, but it seems like he is more interested in football than in paying attention to her. He makes the same embarrassing jokes over and over again, and calls her “Lizzie-poo” in front of her friends. He even fell asleep when she was trying to tell him about her moon project!
When Lizzie comes across an ad for a store selling everyone’s perfect Daddy, she decides it’s time to do a trade-in for a more compatible model. She packs her sleeping Daddy up in her wagon, and off they go.
At the store she finds a celebrity dad, a chef dad, and an astronaut dad – but they all seemed to have too much going on or are too weird to be a good dad for her. Finally she finds the clearance section filled to the brim with countless types of dads. She spins in her tutu, and the only dad to notice is her very own daddy. Lizzie realizes that her daddy was the perfect daddy all along, and they go home together, happy at last.
While many kids might dream of trading in their parents (or vice versa!), this charming book shows that the grass isn’t always greener in the other backyard. Perfect for snuggling up with before bedtime, or after a fight about attention, DADDY DEPOT delivers humor and sweetness in spades. The illustrations are lovely and bright, and the cartoonish characters are enticing and silly enough to pull off a trip to the Daddy Depot.
About the Author
Chana Stiefel is the author of more than 20 non-fiction books for kids about exploding volcanoes, stinky castles, and other fun stuff. DADDY DEPOT is her debut picture book. While she would never return her father―or her husband―to the daddy store (she likes their jokes too much), she worries that her kids will return her to the Mommy Market.
About the Illustrator
Andy Snair is a designer and illustrator whose artwork for Raisin and Grape by Tom Amico and James Proimos was praised as “cheeky” by Booklist. He lives with his family in Baltimore, MD.
Daddy Depot, written by Chana Stiefel and illustrated by Andy Snair, was reviewed by Denise Mealy. Discover more books like Daddy Depot by following along with our reviews and articles tagged with Daddy Books, Father’s Day, Humorous Books, and Picture Book.